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From eczema and hives to contact dermatitis, there are many reasons why someone may end up dealing with an itchy rash. While often harmless, these symptoms can be rather uncomfortable and even painful. From the office of our Utica, NY, allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury, find out more about skin allergies and your treatment options.
What does a skin allergy look like?
One of the most common symptoms associated with skin allergies is hives, which result in itchy red raised welts on the skin after being exposed to an allergen. Symptoms may last for hours or even days. Depending on the type of skin allergy you are dealing with, you may also experience:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Oozing, cracking skin
- Scaling, thick red spots
When should I see an allergist?
If you are dealing with recurring itchy, red rashes you should see our Utica, NY, allergy doctor to determine whether you might have a skin allergy. Try and keep a diary of your symptoms, which can give us a clue as to what might triggering your allergy.
How can I alleviate my itching?
Whatever you do it’s important that you do not scratch that itch. Scratching will only serve to cause more irritation, which could also lead to an infection. Keep skin moisturized to reduce dryness and try an over-the-counter antihistamine, which can also treat hives. An allergist can also provide you with prescription creams and oral medications to treat even severe forms of dermatitis or other skin allergies.
What could be causing flare-ups?
There are many things that could trigger a flare-up, from allergies to an infection to certain skin conditions such as eczema. An allergist can diagnose your symptoms and provide you with ways to avoid these triggers.
Could my symptoms actually be caused by a food allergy?
Absolutely! A lot of people don’t realize that reactions such as hives could actually be the result of an allergy to certain foods. Since it’s impossible to tell whether your eczema or hives are due to a skin or food allergy it’s important to turn to a doctor who can give you the answers you need.
If you are dealing with allergy symptoms in Utica or Watertown, NY, find out the best approach for getting your symptoms under control. Call Allergy Care today to schedule a consultation with our allergy and immunology specialist, Dr. Khoury.
You have asthma. You manage it fairly well, but still, symptoms breakthrough more often than you'd like. At Allergy Care, PLLC, in Utica, asthma specialist, Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury, and his team work with patients to control their asthma and live more active lives.
Why does someone get asthma?
The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation says one out of every seven children experiences asthma to one degree or other. Childhood asthma tends to be quirky and may be "outgrown," while adult asthma, which can start in any decade of life, impacts quality of life permanently.
Both exhibit similar symptoms: wheezing, shortness of breath, night-time coughing, and fatigue based on inflammation of the airway and lungs. Common asthma triggers (things which precipitate symptoms) are:
- Environmental pollution
- Allergens such as mold, pollen, and pet dander
- Insect vectors (bees, wasps)
- Perfumes, air fresheners, and scented laundry soaps
- Cold weather
- Laughing, crying
- Influenza and colds
Both pediatric and adult-onset asthma can threaten life itself as well as its day-to-day quality. Your asthma specialist in Utica will work with you to identify your triggers so you can avoid them, and limit your episodes of wheezing and shortness of breath.
In addition, Dr. Khoury likely will provide you with daily maintenance medication (an inhaled corticosteroid and bronchodilator) to reduce inflammation and a rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to open the airway quickly. He may pursue allergy testing to pinpoint triggers and prescribe medication to suppress your body's reaction to those things which cause an asthma flare-up.
Your asthma action plan
This written log or online app records your symptoms, their severity and possible triggers. It outlines when you should use your rescue medication and when you should get help from Dr. Khoury, or in severe situations, from your hospital emergency room.
An asthma action plan also traces trends in what physicians call peak flow. A simple peak flow meter easily measures how much air you can blow out in one forceful exhalation. You can track your baseline peak flow and then compare it to your readings when you are symptomatic. Dr. Khoury guides patients in identifying normal readings and ones which indicate developing danger.
Staying fit and healthy
Exercise is key to good lung function. As an asthmatic, be sure to warm up before you exercise, work out indoors if the pollution or pollen index is high, and cover your face with a scarf or cowl if it's cold outside.
Also, a healthy diet supports healthy lung function. So does adequate hydration; so drink several glasses of water a day.
Finally, everyone--not just people with asthma--must stay current on their vaccinations, particularly influenza and pneumonia. These medications protect you during those dangerous cold and flu seasons.
Find an Asthma Specialist
Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury and his team help scores of people navigate asthma management. He'll help you, too. Call one of his two offices for a personal consultation. In Watertown, NY, phone (315) 782-6200, and in Utica, NY, call (315) 624-7911.